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Obituaries Emma Grangaard

Emma Grangaard, 103, formerly of Wakonda, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000 in Carmichael, CA.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion. Memorials may be directed to Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church. Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion is handling the arrangements.

Emma Johnson was born Nov. 6, 1896 in Irene, to parents Marcus and Marie Johnson. She grew up in the Irene area and later became a dental assistant.

She married Oswald Henry Grangaard on July 23, 1916 in Parker. The couple farmed in the Wakonda area.

They were members of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, where Emma was active in Ladies Aide. Emma was a member of the Centerville Drum and Bugle Corps from 1932-1935 and a member of the Wakonda Lodi Club.

Oswald died in 1949, and Emma continued to live on the farm until 1989 which time she moved to California. She resided with her daughter, Marilyn Johnson, in Citrus Heights. In 1998 she entered a nursing home in Carmichael, CA.

Survivors include her six children: Harley Grangaard of Sioux City, IA, Carol Clodfelter of Vermillion, Darrell Grangaard of Hemet, CA, Marilyn Johnson of Littleton, CO, Orin Grangaard of Roseville CA, and Cozette Graham of Rocklin, CA; 17 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and 36 great-great grandchildren.

Her parents, husband, six brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Edwin Anderson

Edwin M. Anderson, 89, of Volin, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000 at Wakonda Heritage Manor.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion, with the Rev. Elizabeth Johnson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

He was born June 8, 1911, in Palmer, NE, to Martin and Susanne (Nelsen) Anderson. He finished the eighth grade at the Lincoln Rural School of Clay County. His family moved from Nebraska to the Meckling area in 1920. He married Minnie B. Johnson on March 23, 1938, in Meckling. He farmed in the Volin area from 1951 until retiring.

He was a member of the Vermillion I.O.O.F. No. 3, a member of the Rural Clay County School Board, and was a member of the church council. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, rural Vermillion.

He is survived by his wife: Minnie; sons: Robert (Lois) Anderson, Volin, Lee Anderson, Tucson, AZ; daughters: Deanna (Carlton) Leikvold, Wakonda, Sharon (John) Ferdig, Vancouver, WA; brother: Alfred Anderson, Rapid City; sister: Helen Hogue, Phoenix, AZ; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mary Clem

Mary L. Clem, 69, Vermillion, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000 at her residence.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Mercy Hobbs officiating. Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion, was in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 5, 1931, in Charlotte, NC, to James F. and Millicent (Boot) Burke. She graduated from Charlotte High School in1949 and attended North Carolina at Charlotte.

She married Alan Clem on Oct. 24, 1953, in Salina, KS. She joined the staff of North Carolina's U.S. Representative Charles Jones. She later worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission. They moved to Vermillion in 1960. She was secretary for the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of South Dakota, and later was secretary to the dean of the USD School of Law. She also managed the Law School Foundation at USD. She was a past president of the chapter BL of the PEO Faculty Women's Club and many civic organizations. She was also a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Vermillion.

She is survived by her husband: Alan; sons: Andrew, Charlottesville, VA, Christopher, Sioux Falls, John, Chattanooga, TN, Daniel, Colorado Springs CO; daughter: Connie Van Court, Niwot, CO; five grandchildren; brothers: Richard Burke, Washington, DC, James Burke, Blacksburg, VA, Thomas Burke, Charlotte, NC; and sister: Ellen Ries, Kalispell, MT.

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, the PEO Educational Fund or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Margaret Austin

Margaret Austin, 84, of Pierre, died Thursday, Sept. 28, St. Mary's Hospital, Pierre.

Funeral services were held Oct. 1, 2000 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Pierre. Interment followed at Riverside Cemetery, Pierre.

Margaret Schmees was born in Plentywood, MT on Sept. 7, 1916. Her family moved to Wakonda in 1918 and she was raised there. After graduating from Wakonda High School, she attended The University of South Dakota at Vermillion where she met her husband-to-be, Wayne Austin.

She attended USD from 1934-1938 and graduated with a B.S. in education. Margaret and Wayne were married on Aug. 8, 1938. Margaret taught high school history, English and music for one year in Orland.

Margaret and Wayne lived in Vermillion from 1938-1967. They owned and operated Austin Dairy. The dairy was sold in 1965 and Margaret and Wayne moved to Pierre in 1967. Wayne worked for the SD Agriculture Department in dairy marketing. Wayne died on Sept. 13, 1970. Margaret continued to reside in Pierre until her death.

Margaret was very active in the Catholic Church and was a member of the P.E.O.

Surviving are three children: Edith Lien, Spearfish, Michael Austin, Rock Rapids, IA, and Wayne Austin Jr., Prior Lake, MN; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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